Promoting Children's Rights and Women's Empowerment through VillageFXB Programs

Program start 1991
Impacted population 105,000

Defending the rights of children and women, preventing all forms of violence and insecurity against them, and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment are an integral part of our poverty reduction model FXBVillage.

Such programs are under way in Burundi, Namibia, Rwanda, Mongolia and Myanmar.


While progress has been made worldwide in achieving gender equality in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education for girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer from discrimination and violence in all regions of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Regrettably, currently, one in five women and girls aged 15 to 49 reported having been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner over a 12-month period, and 49 countries currently had no laws protecting women.

Ensuring equal access for women and girls to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity as a whole.

Our action

Our economic and community development program FXBVillage, currently underway in Burundi, Namibia, Rwanda, Mongolia and Myanmar, enables us to provide a comprehensive response by simultaneously addressing all the factors that underlie poverty, through five areas: nutrition, health, education, healthy housing and environment, and economic strengthening – with a particular focus on empowering women.

Indeed, we believe that investing in the economic empowerment of women is the undeniable path to poverty eradication, gender equality and inclusive economic growth.

In addition, through our global capacity-building activities, FXB organizes numerous awareness-raising and training sessions for participants in its programs and surrounding communities. Various substantive topics are addressed, such as women’s and children’s rights, violence against women and children, gender equality, reproductive health or the absolute necessity of birth registration.

The objective is of course to raise awareness but, above all, to initiate changes in behaviour and practices essential for a more just and dignified life.

Learn more about our VillageFXB economic and community development program.

These programs are underway in Burundi, Namibia, Rwanda, Mongolia and Myanmar.

Program impact

200 economic and community development programs FXBVillage have been developed around the world, lifting more than 105,000 people out of extreme poverty.

Four years after the end of the program, approximately 86% of families remain socially and economically independent. Their children attend school regularly, longer and perform better than their peers.

More than 60% of the micro-enterprises developed are run by women.

Nearly 100% of births have been legally registered and participants have gained knowledge about women’s and children’s rights.


I was part of an FXBVillage program from 2006 to 2009. Today, I'm the main breadwinner for my family. This position has allowed me to ask my husband to end his relationship with a second wife. I am also very proud to have been elected mayor of my village.